Hawaii is a destination with towering volcanoes, vast canyons and plummeting waterfalls, and all are waiting to be explored. Grab Hawaii flights to some of the most spectacular terrain in the world. Whether you are an avid hiker or enjoy a casual stroll in nature, Hawaii has a trail for you.
You can choose to stay on one island, or you can island hop and explore them all. Each island can boast a number of excellent hiking trails. From the national parks of Maui and the Big Island to the remote beauty of Kauai, the landscape will leave you wishing for more time to spend wandering their scenic paths.
The Big Island
If you are planning on visiting the Big Island of Hawaii, you can find plenty of hiking trails all throughout the island. One of the most popular areas to hike is the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. It has a visitor’s center that is open every day and offers visitors maps and information about the park.
The park has two active volcanoes, Kilauea and Maunaloa. The former produces 250,000-650,000 cubic yards of lava per day. There are 150 miles of trails through rain forests, volcanic craters, a walk-in lava tube and deserts. If you are looking for a long hike, the most popular are the Kilauea Iki and the Mauna Iki trails. If you need any help or assistance there are rangers available to answer questions and provide information.
For the leisure hiker there is the Pu'uhonua o Hanaunau National Historical Park. Inside the park you can take a two mile hike through the agricultural areas surrounding the park. The 1871 Trail is a great trail for admiring natural vegetation and the beauty of cliffs. The trail has been around for generations and was originally used to connect the villages along the coast. The park was once home to ruling chiefs and there are many historic sites to explore including palace grounds and temples.
The Haleakala National Park is open every day. There are more than 27 miles of trails throughout the park. You can choose short hikes or long hikes and they range from easy to quite challenging. Hikes can take walkers above low-lying clouds, through lush rain forests and across deserts. One of the great hikes through this park is the Papwai Trail.
The Papwai Trail is a 4 mile round-trip and begins at the Ranger Station at Kipahaulu. The hike is a moderate hike and worth every step because it ends with the spectacular 400 foot Waimoku Falls. Make a day of it by taking along a picnic or a snack for the journey. The average time for the hike is around three hours.
For the ultimate hiking experience in Hawaii, head to the island of Kauai. Once you are there, take a boat to the breathtaking NaPali Coast. If the coast looks familiar, it is because it is often featured as a back drop in films like Jurassic Park and in TV shows like Lost.
One of the best known hikes of the NaPali Coast is the hike to Hanakapi'ai. You can hike it in eight miles or you can try the shorter four mile hike. The round-trip hike ends at a stunning waterfall and the four mile hike ends at the beautiful Hanakapi'ai Beach.
Hiking in Hawaii is an adventurous way to explore the many beautiful vistas that the island is famous for. Intrepid travellers should book Hawaii flights and pack their hiking boots. Hawaii´s natural magnificence awaits them!